October 28, 2012

Hair Update

A regular patron to this little blog where I peddle my life's story recently asked what was up with my hair.

Remember when I decided to embark on the natural journey? Well, she wanted to know how I was getting along over here.
Folks I'm happy to report that the journey continues. I absolutely love being natural and don't find it as challenging as some people do.
I've had a bump or two along the way. These were bumps of my own doing and has nothing at all to do with the manageability/ texture of my hair.
So here is how I managed to eff up my hair royally.
I decided rather unwisely to color my hair. I just had to have red hair despite the research I'd done which directed me to do otherwise but I can be a stubborn fool at times. So ahead I went and colored away.
All was well for a little while, I loved the color and I was feeling myself, thought I was cute.
The weather here changed and for some reason my hair started acting up. Seems the color was now taking it's toll. My hair was no longer soft and manageable, instead it just started getting really tangled and rough. Dry doesn't even begin to describe the mess on my head. Bits of hair would just break off in my hand and forget about trying to comb it. It was an exercise in the futile.
I tried moisturizing with my homemade mix of aloe vera juice, vegetable glycerine and a bunch of natural oils, nada. Crazy because that stuff was magic before.
After every wash I had to cut the ends off because the breakage was so bad. One particularly trying wash day I got so frustrated with trying to detangle, I hacked off a handful of hair on one side of my head. You can imagine what a fool I looked like. One side of my hair was longer than the other. Thank God for 'fros. No one could tell.

Fast forward to a month or so after the cutting episode and I've noticed that my hair if doing much better. I've tried to be consistent in moisturizing and let me tell you it is working. I also started using my Castor oil again on the ends to seal in the moisture. My hair is getting soft again. It's not fully recovered yet, I'll keep trimming the ends until the damage is gone.

I've learned my lesson big time. No. More. Color. That is it for me. I will be satisfied with the color I was born with, too bad cause I am well cool as a red head.

October 27, 2012


living room
 Hi guys just wanted to share some pictures of the new apartment.
It is still a work in progress but it is getting there. I feel at home already and totally love the place.

I am very blessed.

October 23, 2012

Starting Over...Again

Tomorrow I move into my new new apartment. I'm exhausted already just thinking about having to unpack yet again and get settled. It's been almost a month since my displacement. A month of not cleaning up after myself or cooking, just like the good ol' days in the US of A.
Tomorrow I go back to being a responsible adult.

I had a chance to see my apartment today. It's great. Similar open concept as the old place which I like. Spacious bedroom and living room. Guest toilet and a separate room for the washer.
Perfectly situated on the outskirts of the city with the mall only 10 minutes away. The gym and pool are complete, so I can get my sexy back.

As awesome as this place sounds, it comes with its share of problems. One of the biggest problem is that this place requires an electric stove but I have a gs one because that's what I needed at the old place. So here I am stuck with a perfectly useless stove. Arghhhhh.
There are  other little  logistical stuff I won't bore or depress you with.
Also, my friends are all gone to live on a fancy island, I'll be all alone and you know how much I struggle with that. 
I know everything will work out eventually so I won't worry about any of it. 

Wish me luck with the unpacking. I won't have Internet for a while since they have to transfer the line and business goes slower than molasses on a cold day over here. 
Stay tuned....

October 17, 2012

Shopping in Abu Dhabi

So many of you already know that one of my favorite things to do is shop. Some people may add that I have a slight, ok well not so slight problem with shopping. Some may even venture to call it an addiction. I'm not denying any of this. I.Heart.Shopping.

One of the things I miss about being in NY is shopping. Not just any shopping either, the good kind; extra percent off already reduced prices. I'm really picky about where I shopped though. J.Crew was
pretty much it for me. They were great for the sale bit which is why I loved them so much. Champagne taste on a beer budget.

Well, Abu Dhbai hasn't lived up to my shopping expectations. I just wasn't impressed with the retail offerings. They do have some of the stores from back home as well as some popular ones from the U.K. You can find Topshop, Zara, H&M and some others I'm not too familiar with. Since I'm cheap, Zara doesn't work for me here. I was never a Topshop fan and sometimes H&M disappoints.
They never have good sales and if they even have a sale it's nothing I would want. Circa 2003. I just can't. My champagne taste and beer budget just haven't been working in my favor.

I've simply curtailed my shopping habit tremendously. Which is not a bad thing, I can actually start to save some money. Well, that was until I discovered at little gem called Lindex. OMG. This place is my J.Crew here. Very decent sale. They recently had a sale, buy 2get one free. Awesome! Plus the stuff was an additional 25% off . Yes please. I went back on 2 separate occasions. The clothes are stylish and grown. I was willing to pay full price people. Me, full price. You have to understand how huge that is. I am well cheap.

I don't plan on getting carried away but I am happy. For those days when only a little retail therapy
can cure the blues, it's good to have somewhere to go.

October 15, 2012

Maximum Capacity

Take the leap of faith today and do something you've always wanted to do. Don't allow fear to hold you back.
I double dare you!

October 13, 2012

I'm Still Living

In a hotel. Check it out  HereIt's a beautiful hotel and I'm not complaining, really I'm not. 
I spend my afternoons drinking tea and relaxing with friends. I eat 3 meals a day for free and I don't have to clean my room.What better way to live? 
Truth is, I miss having  my own apartment. I miss doing my laundry and cooking dinner for myself.
Its been 3 weeks since the demise of Al Rayyana and we still have no idea when we will be moving. We were booked until the 14th, obviously we aren't moving. One of the workers told me the booking has been extended until the 19th, however since there has been no word from our employer it's not set in stone.

There was a meeting held a week ago to get a count of the people who wanted to move back into the apartments. We were told that the investigation was over and it is safe to return. There were quite a few people who wanted to go back, including myself (I've now decided to move). We were told that other accommodations were being acquired but the location was still unknown.
So many unknowns.
I'm just trying to enjoy life and not fret  about what is going to happen. Clearly I have no control over the situation.

We shall see how this all will unfold.
Stay tuned....

October 3, 2012

The Day I Ate Camel Meat...I Think

So today I went back to work after being absent for 2 days due to the drama at the apartments.
It was a relatively good day, it went by quickly and my kids were well behaved for the most part. No complaints.

After work I went to the co-op next to my school. I was standing in line to make my purchase when the military man in front of me asked if I was a teacher. I said yes and asked if he had kids at the school. He told me the kid's name and it just so happens that he is in my class. The dad got very excited and invited me immediately to come to his house to eat. I tried to decline but there was no way out, so I finished my purchase and got in the car with a man I'd had a 2 minute conversation with.
After I had gotten in the car it occurred to me to make sure it was the right kid. If anyone works in schools over here you know that some names are super popular and you can have a hundred kids with the exact same name. After confirming, I felt more at ease.
We get to the house and I meet his wife and other kids.
I was then presented with a giant plate of rice and what I thought was chicken. After a few bites I realized it wasn't.
I was convinced it was camel meat. Later during a conversation with the wife I had the opportunity to ask what kind of meat it was. She said goat but I've eaten goat for most of my life and I promise I have never tasted goat meat like that. I'm pretty much convinced its camel.

They were super nice and over fed me. On my way out, they insisted I return because their home was now my home and we were now friends.
It was such a great experience despite the questionable meat.I'm glad I tossed caution to the wind and got in the perfectly strange man's car.

October 1, 2012

Life After the Fall

As I write this I can't help but feel a little emotional.
I've been trying to hold it together all day but to be honest I feel like crying.
There is that part of me that knows that everything happens for a reason and it will all work out in the end but there is also the part of me that wants to bitch about the fact that just as I was beginning to get settled in my apartment something so random had to happened to take away my little bit of security.
I'm trying to be positive, but when I think about my drapes that were just installed or my shelves that I paid to have put up in my living and laundry room or all the grocery I just bought and stocked up my refrigerator, I kinda feel sad and mad.
It's all material stuff and in the grand scheme of things its not that important. After all, I'm alive and no one got hurt. I know this but they were MY stuff and it was MY home. I love my apartment and I don't want to have to give it up.
Yes.... welcome to my pity party. May I offer some cheese with this whine?
Don't judge me ok, I'm human. I'm allowed to be weak once in awhile.

So apart from me feeling sorry for myself, other things happened in the day. Surprising right?
We were shuttled back to the apartment to gather some of our belongings. We had 20 minutes to grab our important things and get the heck out of there. Not enough time if you ask me, how was I supposed to get my drapes and shelves down?
Before that we met with ADEC. They explained what would be happening over the next few days. We will be here for three days, which could mean a month. The investigation into what caused the collapse hadn't even started.
There is the possibility of moving somewhere else, however at this point it's not set in stone. Once all the investigation is over, they can make a decision.
Good news is that we have another free day off, No work. Yay!

They really are doing the best they can to take care of us and I really appreciate their efforts. We are staying in a fancy hotel with all meals provided. It could be way worse.